Why Choose Computer Information Technology?
To assure relevance and enduring value, our Computer Information Technology (CIT) program has been designed to align with industry standards established by computing professionals. In addition, we have drawn upon our tight linkages with industry to assure that our labs and our required internships provide the level of hands-on experience that ensures our students are sought after by employers, who recognize Ferris as a source of skilled, knowledgeable IS/IT graduates who can hit the ground running, and grow from there. The CIT degree includes the expectation that students will earn several industry certifications, as well, providing an additional specialized skill set to enhance the graduate's value.
The Computer Information Technology - Systems Administration & Security program is for students who want to work in the business world and give technical assistance to computer systems and users of businesses and organizations. Individual business departments, corporations, or multi-national enterprises need professionals who can relate their technical skills by problem-solving computer systems issues within the business environment. The CIT-SAS curriculum provides you with a broad understanding of core business functions, computer support specialist's skills, help-desk support skills, network and computer systems administration skills, and computer security skills. This curriculum prepares you for industry certifications such as, CompTIA's A+, Network+, Linux+, and Security+ certifications, and Microsoft's MCSA or MCTS certification. The hands-on approach in the bachelor degree gives graduates a real-world look at their professional field.
This program is also offered at other Ferris State sites.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment of computer support specialists and system administrators is expected to increase by 18 percent from 2006 - 2016 (estimated 155,000 new jobs), which is much faster than the average for all occupations. Also, employment of computer systems administrators is expected to increase by 27 percent from 2008 - 2018 (estimated 83,000 new jobs), which again is faster than the average for all occupations.
Entry level positions include such jobs as: computer support specialists, help desk technicians, network administrators, computer system administrators, and computer security specialists. Computer System administrators have become essential to all aspects of business and life. Professionals are needed to relate the problem-solving abilities of a computer system to an individual business department, corporation, or a multi-national enterprise.
New Students: 2.5 high school GPA (on a 4.0 scale) and two of the three criteria below: (1) English ACT score of 16 or higher, or SAT Writing score of 370 or higher; (2) Math ACT score of 19 or higher, or SAT Math score of 460 or higher; (3) Reading ACT score of 19 or higher, or SAT Reading score of 430 or higher.
Transfer Students: Combined college or university GPA of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) from all institutions attended. GPA is based on completion of 12 credit hours or more. Transfer equivalency for FSU ENGLISH 150 or placement during the first semester at FSU which would require an ACT English score of 16 or higher; Compass score 70 – 100. Transfer equivalency for FSU MATH 115 or placement during the first semester at FSU which would require an ACT Math score of 19 or higher; Compass Algebra score 46 - 74 and HS Algebra with 2.0.
Exceptions for New and Transfer Students: Applicants not meeting the above criteria but having a 2.35 High School GPA and at least a 16 ACT in Math or Reading (2.00 Overall GPA for Transfer Students) can be considered for conditional admission in a College of Business Pre-Program. Any mitigating circumstances will be considered on an individual basis by the College of Business Dean’s Office.
Pre-Program students must complete a minimum of 12 FSU credits (excluding developmental courses) with a 2.35 GPA; courses must include ENGL 150 and MATH 115 before being considered for admission into their program of choice. Students must meet admission criteria for their chosen degree program by the time they have earned 30 credits.
Additional guidance can be found on the College of Business Webpage under the Admissions tab.
The Computer Information Technology program at Ferris leads to a Bachelor of Science degree. Graduation requires a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA in all Ferris courses, a 2.0 GPA in the Business Core, and a 2.5 GPA in the CIT major courses. Students must complete all general education requirements as outlined on the General Education website. Also, students are required to show proof of passing the COMPTIA A+ certification and two of the following industry certifications (MCSA, MCTS, Network+, Linux+, Security+, CNA or CCNA) to graduate from the CIT program.
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The College of Business is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and programs (ACBSP.) Next Accreditation Review is February 2018.